Alfonso E. Acosta, 82, of Moline, passed away Sunday, June 29, 2014, at his residence. A memorial Mass will be held at a later date. DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline, is assisting the family. Alfonso was born May 12, 1932, in Los Angeles, Calif., the son of Pablo and Maria J. Espinosa Acosta. He married Maria Elena Herrera in 1955 in Mexico. Alfonso worked at Quad City Die Casting as a molding die caster for 32 years, retiring in 1992. He was a member of St. Mary's Church, Moline, and enjoyed attending Sacred Heart Church, Rock Island. Survivors include his wife, Maria; daughters, Gabriela Acosta, Warrenville, Ill., Susana Acosta, Moline, and Gina (Mike) Lieferman, Blue Grass; sons, Javier Acosta, Fontana, Calif., Ernesto Acosta, Marysville, Wash., Miguel (Sandra) Acosta, Anaheim, Calif., and Louis (Paula) Acosta, Davenport; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brother, Juan Acosta, Mexico City, Mexico. Online condolences can be sent to the family at deroofuneralhome.com.
Today is Friday, July 25, the 206th day of 2014. There are 159 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army. 1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square. 1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.